Mixed reactions as HP buys Autonomy

The blogotweetosphere has been positively buzzing since last night's announcement that Hewlett Packard will be buying Autonomy for £7.1bn, while divesting itself of its PC business. Many commentators have put a positive spin on this, pointing to Autonomy's meteoric rise from a small office in Cambridge to the behemoth it is today....Continue reading

Whitepaper – Why you should be considering open source search

I've uploaded a whitepaper I wrote a short while ago : "In these rapidly changing times we don't know what we will need to search tomorrow – so it's important to be adaptable, flexible and able to cope with data volumes that may not scale linearly. Maintaining control over the future of your search software is also key. Open source search has come of age and every modern business should be awa...Continue reading

Perspectives on learning at Search Meetup Cambridge

Last night was the second Cambridge search meetup, held in a (rather noisy as it turned out) pub close to the river. It was great to see so many new faces from a wide range of backgrounds including bioinformatics, rare books and academic publishing. First of the talks was from Tyler Tate of TwigKit, who described the typical se...Continue reading

Autumn events

Autumn seems to be conference season: first is the Lucene Revolution event in Boston, USA from October 7th-8th, where I'll be on the closing panel whose subject is "Data Crossroads - At The Intersection Of Search And Open Source". Next is the British Computer Society's Search Solutions 2010 in London on October 21st, where I'm giving a presentation titled "What's the story with ope...Continue reading


A new year, and a chance to think about what might happen in the world of enterprise search over the next twelve months. I'll make a stab at some predictions:

  1. Price cuts - possibly driven by even harsher competition between Google and Microsoft FAST, I can see prices coming down for packaged enterprise search. Autonomy will probably raise theirs :-)
  2. Real time search matures - not just Twitter or Facebook, but real time data from many sources ...Continue reading